Fall internships at AARP Iowa

AARP Iowa is seeking two interns to begin work in September. One internships involves communications and advocacy, and the other involves community outreach. The internships are paid. Applications are due July 16, 2018.

For more information and how to apply, see https://states.aarp.org/paid-internship-opportunity-with-aarp-iowa/


Fall internships at Secretary of State’s office

Two fall internships are available at the Iowa Secretary of State¹s Office.

The internships are based in Des Moines. These internships are normally paid, but can be done for credit instead if desired. 

1. Fall Social Media/Multimedia Projects Internship

This internship at the Iowa Secretary of State’s office would consist of managing the social media and online presence, content production and marketing for multiple projects.

The internship is for the Fall Semester of 2018, however it may start earlier and there is possibility of renewal if desired.

  • Monitoring and Management of multiple social media pages 
  • Regular content production including but not limited to images, copy and video
  • Planning out long term strategy and content calendars for social media
  • Keeping track of and responding to constituent interactions

Experience in videography and graphic design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Apple Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere preferred.

Background in Marketing, Political Science, Communications, Graphic Design, or Journalism is a plus.

Interested students should send their resume and an application to:

Kris Aleksander – Communications Specialist

Internship Application Available Here: https://sos.iowa.gov/ConstituentServices/ApplyForInternship.aspx

 2. Fall 2018 Business Services Communications Internship

With the Secretary of State’s Office being the small business portal of Iowa, we must celebrate the importance of entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Business Services Intern is responsible for contacting small businesses to create entrepreneurship related content for the Iowa Secretary of State’s social media pages. Additional responsibilities include assisting office manager with business services work and organizational tasks.

  • Creating social media content promoting entrepreneurship and Iowa small business
  • Interviewing small businesses
  • Organization of our social media content calendars
  • Creating content and managing the Secretary of State’s LinkedIn page
  • Entering new business services accounts

The internship is for the Fall Semester of 2018, however it may start earlier and there is possibility of renewal if desired.

Background in Business, Marketing, Communications, or Journalism is a plus.

Interested students should send their resume and an application to:

Kris Aleksander – Communications Specialist

Internship Application Available Here: https://sos.iowa.gov/ConstituentServices/ApplyForInternship.aspx


Strategic Communications and Outreach Intern, Iowa Workforce Development

Strategic Communications and Outreach Interns with Iowa Workforce Development’s Communications Bureau gain hands-on experience with enterprise-level internal and external communications programs supporting the agency’s mission of creating, enabling and sustaining the most future ready workforce in the nation. Interns will conduct research, develop plans, execute strategic communications, and create collateral materials for statewide initiatives, campaigns and events, including Future Ready Iowa, Earn and Learn Iowa, IowaWORKS, and Iowa Workforce Development  among others.


  • Community College or University student (graduate or undergraduate [junior or senior]) currently enrolled in public relations, journalism, mass communications, marketing, advertising, or related areas of study.
  • Six months of experience (or equivalent coursework completed) in any of the following areas: public relations, journalism or mass communications, marketing, advertising, international relations, business, English, or political science.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud, Google Suite, Microsoft Office, predominant social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.), and website content management systems.
  • Excellent communications skills, including strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to be self-directed and work independently, as well as part of a team; handle multiple tasks; set and meet deadlines; and maintain accurate records.


Part-time, flexible hours between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to work around class schedule. Must be available for a minimum of 15 hours per week. $12.00 to $15.00 per hour. Free parking.


Send resume and cover letter to:

Communications Bureau
Iowa Workforce Development
1000 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 5030

Scholarship contest for college columnists

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation is offering a $5,000 scholarship to the winner of the Dear Abby College Scholarship Contest. The scholarship program is made possible through the support of Jeanne Phillips, who writes the nationally syndicated Dear Abby column.

Undergraduates (including seniors) writing bylined general interest, editorial or specialized columns appearing in print or online editions of college publications.

Submit three bylined columns (published 8/15/17 – 6/15/18) at dearabby.com/scholarshipOne entry per student. No entry fee required. Deadline for entry: June 29, 2018.

The scholarship winner will be determined by judges chosen by the foundation.

Contact Scholarship Chairman Mike Leonard by email at leonardbtown@gmail.com. For more details on contest rules please visit dearabby.com/scholarship.

Camera Operator, KCCI-TV, summer, part-time

CAMERA OPERATOR (Summer PT Temporary Position)

KCCI-TV, the Hearst Television CBS affiliate in Des Moines is seeking applicants for a Part-time Camera Operator in the Engineering department.  Experience operating professional video camera, audio, and master control equipment is preferred.  The right candidate will possess exceptional news production experience and a creative and winning attitude.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Operate broadcast studio, which can include cameras, switchers, audio consoles or automation software.  Work night and weekend shifts, for production of live newscasts.
  • An aptitude for teamwork, and attention to detail.
  • Consistent availability to work on weekends and holidays.
  • Other duties as assigned by the TV Operations Manager

Required Skills:

  •  Must have a solid background in broadcast television systems.


  • Some college education preferred.  Current students welcome.

Apply here:



Part-time Intern Videographer, Hubbell Realty

As a video production intern at Hubbell Realty Company, you’ll bring digital media projects to the finish line by turning raw footage into powerful, engaging stories.

This position is responsible for creating, executing and editing video content specifically intended for social media, internal company use, supporting documents and presentations, event promotion and potential external marketing uses. Must be able to prioritize and manage simultaneous projects while working within a defined deadline. Knowledge of Greater Des Moines a preference.

Work schedule is flexible with basic hours being Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., without exceeding 30 hours per week. Some evening or after-hours work may be required. This is a paid position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Storyboard, shoot and edit pre-produced videos for marketing campaigns and other sectors of Hubbell Realty Company such as commercial, homes, apartments and company events
  2. Work with various stakeholders around the business to create compelling storylines that complement existing content, support breaking news and other corporate, social and sales initiatives
  3. Have effective process storytelling skills intended for social media channels including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat
  4. Assist Marketing Team in implementing video campaigns in a timely and accurate manner and assist in trouble shooting

Special Requirements

  • Working toward a degree in videography, film, media studies, broadcast journalism & mass communications, and/or other related visual fields
  • Experience using DSLR photo and video capabilities; specifically, Canon Rebel T5i
  •     Working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Adobe Premiere Pro. After Effects, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator are not required but encouraged
  • Experience in lighting, preparing and executing interview-style video shoots
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to give and receive team feedback
  •      Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment

Please include a demo reel link of your video work along with your resume.

Apply online at:



Fulbright offers fully funded seminar in Berlin

The Berlin Capital Program (Nov. 11–18, 2018), operated by the German-American Fulbright Commission, invites young American journalists and students of journalism to Germany to participate in a week-long seminar on current developments in German media and politics. The program is conducted in English and is fully funded by the Fulbright Commission.

With the goal of a better understanding of transatlantic issues and of promoting professional and academic networks between Germany and the U.S., this intensive program offers American journalists the opportunity to gain a deeper awareness of the political, economic and cultural environment in Germany/Europe, with a special focus on the German media and its role in politics and society.

Past program participants have journeyed from the bowels of the Stasi archives, where they pondered the role of privacy in German society, to the glass dome of the Reichstag, where transparency in modern German government is represented in the very structure it inhabits. A day trip to Leipzig included a briefing by a Member of Parliament representing Saxony on the overall view from the eastern side of Germany as the country tries to find common ground on issues like immigration and its place in Europe. A guided walk through Berlin’s Kreuzberg district considered urban planning and public policy issues, tracing Berlin’s constant struggle to grow and attract business while maintaining its unique identity and strong sense of community. Highly interactive tours of Berlin’s iconic sites, intimate meetings with entrepreneurs and media personalities, hands-on encounters and frank conversations with Germans from all walks of life, an evening of politically-tinged avant-garde theater, panel discussions with renown international journalists, and brief if poignant exchanges with German colleagues ranging from a studio manager at a college radio station to editors at a global media powerhouse – all have previously been part of the Berlin Capital Program.

 To be eligible for the program, applicants must be:

  • A U.S. young professional journalist, currently employed by U.S. media in the U.S., with fewer than 5 years of work experience in the field,
  • Or a Master’s student in the field of journalism or communications at a U.S. university,
  • Or a graduating senior in the field of journalism or communications at a U.S. university;
  • Demonstrate relevant background and professional interests;
  • U.S. citizens. Dual citizenship holders with German citizenship are not eligible;
  • Permanently reside in the U.S. and have a valid U.S.-American passport.

 The award benefits cover program costs, including round-trip transportation between the U.S. to Germany, hotel accommodation (single room, incl. breakfast), several meals, local transportation and health insurance coverage during the seminar.

The full program description and application documents can be accessed at our Fulbright website and shared from our Facebook post.

 Applications are welcome until July 2, 2018.